Del Close Marathon Workshop Saturday 12-3pm

Del Close Marathon Workshop: Special Marathon Workshop

Prerequisites May require previous UCB class experience. See course description below for details.
Scheduled Saturday 12-3pm
Start Date Jun 24, 2017, 12:00pm
Price $55
Class Size 12 students
Sessions 1 session, 3 hours
Prerequisite: Completed ANY UCB Class or out-of town performer.*

SPECIAL DCM WORKSHOP: Real, Funny Characters with Jon Bander 

This workshop will help students create character pieces that focus not only on the game side of a character, but also on creating a believable, even lovable person through which to tell these awesome jokes.  Students will bring in pre-written characters (or at least pitches) that will be fleshed out through in-class analysis and improv exercises focused on grounding, realism, and justification through emotion and point-of-view.  Students will also view and discuss sketch/character examples and identify the grounding that makes them successful.  If you want to build hilarious characters that are also people you actually like, this is the class for you.

* You must be listed on the DCM website as a performer in a group from out of town to enroll.  The registrar will check for your name and if you are not listed when you enroll, you will be removed from the workshop and lose $55.

Jon Bander, teacher

Jon Bander Jon Bander is an actor and comedian living in New York. He is a Character 101 teacher and member of house team Characters Welcome at UCBT. He also taught and performs musical improv with Premiere: The Improvised Musical and Warm Blooded at the Magnet Theater. Otherwise he does character bits and standup at various NYC theaters, bars and basements.

Jon was selected to perform in the New Faces: Characters showcase at the 2015 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He has also worked for The Second City Theatricals aboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship. Jon has also performed and taught workshops at festivals and cities across the country. He's been fortunate to study with improv luminaries like TJ Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, Armando Diaz, Mick Napier and Susan Messing to name a few.

Outside of improv, Jon has appeared on TBS's "Search Party" and the Netflix shows "Master Of None", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "The Characters". He also performed off-off Broadway in 'PharmaBro: An American Douchical", "8 Million Protagonists", "POPE! An Epic Musical" and NY Fringe Festival hit musical "Nightfall On Miranga Island".

Most people just call him Bander. Feel free to do the same.

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